UPDATED 7:05 AM PT — Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Trump Administration wants to stir up some competition in a historically Democrat-held State, ahead of election season.
President Trump hopes to court supporters in Virginia ahead of 2020 by capitalizing on scandals surrounding State Democrat lawmakers, including Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
Politicians across the isle derided Northam and Herring earlier this year, after both lawmakers appeared in racist photos from college.
Meantime Fairfax, who was the next in line to Northam, also found himself in the cross hairs after two women came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.
The scandals raised questions about the state’s leadership, and exposed major divisions in the Democrat party.
Pundits say those divisions offer a rare window to the GOP, which hasn’t won a state-wide election in Virginia in 10 years.
The White House is also using the 2019 off-season elections to field early support for President Trump’s Campaign.
This week, Vice President Mike Pence held a fundraiser to stump for Republican state legislators running in November.
He’s also expected to campaign for other Virginia lawmakers in the coming months.
The White House is also hoping to try similar strategies in the hopes of flipping New Hampshire, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Mexico.